Managing people is already a strategic and crucial issue, directly linked to business results.
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is offered by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE), through ICADE Business School.
The Master's program responds to a growing demand from numerous organizations and companies that consider their human capital to be their most valuable, and often irreplaceable, asset. People management thus becomes a strategic and crucial matter that is directly linked to business results.
Development and Management of professional careers from start to finish
This Master's Degree provides skills and abilities for the Management of Human Resources, both in the areas of Evaluation and Selection of Personnel, Training, Development and Career Management, as well as in the highly legal areas of Labor Relations. It provides, therefore, job opportunities in Human Resources Departments, Human Resources Consultancies, Communication Departments, Corporate Social Responsibility Departments, Labor Departments and Compensation and Benefits Departments. Training in Data Processing and Analysis can be complemented with the Diploma "Fundamentals in Business Analytics”
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Aurora García Professor at Comillas ICADE
Human Resources Consultant
Compensation and Benefits Specialist
Visit the Faculty.Attendance is not mandatory, but potential candidates are encouraged to learn about the Faculty, see the facilities, and obtain additional information.
Apply for admission. The process starts via the web, once the candidate has decided on the degree which will be studied. If you wish, you may apply for scholarships and grants from the University at the same time as applying for admission.
Carrying out a personal interview. Students are admitted in this programme according to the following criteria:
-Written expression test
-Interview of the candidate with the programme director and/or coordinator.
-Academic record plus English test results: 50%
-Written expression test plus Excel test: 25%
-Personal interview: 25%
Communication and Legal Requirements for Access to the University. The programme director, based on the tests that they are to submit to candidates, shall issue a report declaring whether such candidates are eligible or not. Admission to the programme shall depend on the Dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences and on the Director of ICADE Business
Completing the Admissions Process. Once admitted, students must finalize the registration process. This procedure is initiated on the web page, but it is necessary to present the registration form and the additional documentation at the General Registrar´s Office at the University.
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is addressed to college graduates with little o no work experience who, independently of their studies, which to steer their careers towards management of persons.
In order to take this Official Master's Degree, a previous university degree is necessary.
Students interested in pursuing this career must be inclined to the following skills and interests:
· Interest in other people
Interpersonal relations are the key element of Human Resources Departments. Being aware of the needs and interest of collaborators is the cornerstone of human capital management.
· Social skills
Effective communication with other persons is one of the basic working stills: active listening, respect to the dignity of the other person, persuasion, and ability to effectively transfer information both orally and in writing are some of these skills.
·An interest on the business and corporative environment
The context where the previous skills shall be carried out is a very specific environment where business objectives or client satisfaction must guide all work with persons.
·Interest in management, leadership and team building
The fundamental work of Human Resources employees is to make others work. From this point of view, dynamics in work teams and, especially ,in leadership are some of the most relevant interest aspects of this field.
· Analysis and interpretation abilities.
Management of human resources requires integration of technologies that support the most common decision-making processes. Interpretation and analysis of data yielded by these tools offer an added value for the activities of any company
Candidates must hold or be able to justify that they will soon be awarded a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree, Diploma, Degree in Engineering or in Architecture, or equivalent degree from foreign university (in the latter case, if in another language, it must be translated into Spanish by an official translator).
Information notice on the documents to be submitted
|Organizational context||5.0 ECTS|
|Corporate social responsibility and corporate culture||4.0 ECTS|
|HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT|
|Performance Evaluation||6.0 ECTS|
|People Management||5.0 ECTS|
|Tools for HR management||5.0 ECTS|
|International HR||4.0 ECTS|
|LABOR RELATIONS MANAGEMENT|
|Negotiation and payroll||5.0 ECTS|
|Comparative employment law||6.0 ECTS|
|Leadership and people management||6.0 ECTS|
|Chance'u, Self-discovery program for job market placement and professional development||4.0 ECTS|
|External Internship||20.0 ECTS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||6.0 ECTS|
At the end of the Master's Degree, students will have the possibility of:
- Carrying out part of their studies or participating in "Summer School" at other prestigious Universities and International Business Schools.
- Participating in one of the Professional Development Courses of the Inside Comillas Programs.
A1 - Establishing goals, identifying necessary resources, planning required activities and assessing own progress and performance.
A2 - Managing information efficiently, obtaining it either from secondary sources (scientific or expert literature, as well as other relevant documentary sources) and primary sources, i.e. from other persons.
A3 - Preparing verbal and written reports and meaningful audiovisual presentations.
A4 - Being capable of cooperating with other persons for a common goal, being at the same time capable of leading or steering teams when required by the situation.
A5 - Being capable of selecting the most appropriate strategy to address a particular problem or problems based on an assessment of a specific professional situation and considering the available resources and own competences.
A6 - Having the necessary competences for establishing and maintaining relationships with other professionals, both from the same area and from any other area.
A7 - Updating and developing their own competences (knowledge and skills) in consonance with the changes in their professional area and the industry standard and requirements, as well as national laws and international regulations.
A8 - Identifying the ethical side of any corporate activity, considering the outlook and interests of the different stakeholders and guaranteeing respect of ethical principles in decision making.
A9 - Developing efficient two-way communications, considering the needs and intentions of others.
A10 - Developing creative thinking and acting skills, looking for a new way of doing things.
B1 -Being able of analysing corporate reality as a complex, interrelated whole.
B2 - Knowing what is strategic business management and being able to analyse, design and improve its application.
B3 - Understanding the relationship between the Company Strategy and the different Organizational Structure, including different Organizational Bodies, as well as main Processes in the company.
B4 - Knowing current characteristics of Human Resources Departments in organizations, and being able to analyse the human dimension in business activities.
B5 - Strategically planning the different Human Resources policies in an organization depending on a corporate strategy decided by Senior Management, and in this way contributing to achievement of established objectives.
B6 - Knowing the main functions of Human Resources, identifying the key issues that concern HR managers in companies today.
B7 - Being able to design the most appropriate structure to achieve the company's goals.
B8 - Knowing and being able to apply the most widely known and used HR Management System in most national and transnational companies: the Competences Management System.
B9 - Acknowledging the fundamental role of an appropriate recruiting and selection for the global success of an organization.
B10 - Being aware of the pivotal role of employee training to achieve the objectives of an organization.
B11 - Knowing the benefits of performance management both for organizations and for employees themselves.
B12 - Being capable of assessing employee potential and designing their professional career within an organisation in order to foster their development and as cornerstone for decision making in Human Resources.
B13 - Being aware of the pivotal role of communication for good functioning of any type of organization.
B14 - Being aware of the organizational environment and culture with regard to employee performance and well-being.
B15 - Acknowledging the role of new technologies in current organization and their influence in people.
B16 - Knowing the importance of continuously carrying out different studies within the organization in order to collect all possible information regarding the persons working in them and this being able to make decision based on real data.
B17 - Understanding the need of incorporating Knowledge Management to today's corporate environment.
B18 - Acknowledging the need to appropriately manage diversity within the organization.
B19 - Knowing labour regulation, analysing in general terms any provisions regulating this issue.
B20 - Knowing the most significant aspects in collective bargaining.
B21 - Knowing the importance of adopting a preventive approach regarding health and safety of employees.
B22 - Acquiring awareness regarding the importance of the process of termination of employment.
B23 - Acquiring basic technical, legal and human knowledge concerning salary structure of any organization.
B24 - Knowing and analysing personal and team management competences which all managers should acquire.
B25 - Being aware of the importance of project-based dynamics in today's organization.
B26 - Knowing the pivotal role of benchmarking on current corporate and professional environments.
B27 - Being capable of choosing which projects to pursue and being capable of developing them professionally.
B28 - Being familiar with professional practice, independently of whether it is carried out for the owner of a small business or in the framework of a larger public or private organization, including any financial, operational and employee-related aspect.
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources provides appropriate competences so that our students are capable of developing work in the areas of human capital management, either in the field of employee assessment and recruitment, training, and career development and management, as well as in the area of labour relations and other more legal-inclined areas. Therefore, the students have the opportunity to work in Human Resources Departments, Human Resources Consultancies, Communication Departments, Corporate Social Responsibility Departments, Labour Departments and Remuneration and Benefit Departments.
For more information regarding which which companies offer internship position for our students, please refer to the Practicum. Some of the students that completed the programme on the last two year are working on the following companies: Elecnor, Carrefour, Ineco, Page Personnel, Ferrovial, Santalucía Seguros, Deloitte, Simumak, Lee Hecht Harrison Spain, Kipking, Quirónsalud, Mango, Accenture, Tarami SL, UST Global España, Heineken, Fundación Siembra, AstraZeneca, Llorente & Cuenca, La Liga, Grupo Norte, Celicioso, Hay Group, Bridgestone, Vodafone, Carlson Wagonlit, Electrolux, People Expert, MV Executive Searchm, Grupo Valor, Visma, Pagegroup, Catenon, Leroy Merlin, Inteligencia Sistémica 4, Spencer Stuart, Michael Page, Amaris, Uría Menéndez, Grupo CIMD, Hays, Scania, BBVA, Minsait, Activa Advice, Aplica EST, Ikos Consulting y El Ganso.
Likewise the Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is a pathway onto the official doctorate programme, in line with that stipulated in Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January which regulates official doctorate teachings.
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources comprises a total of 90 ECTS (European Credits), distributed over two academic years.
The program offers a structure in line with the training traditionally offered by our Faculties and by ICADE Business School. It includes knowledge in Business Administration, Law, Psychology, and Sociology, with a view to the comprehensive training of future Directors of Human Resources.
General Academic Calendar of the University
MURH Timetable and Calendar
Courses in the Master's Degree Program
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources has a total of 90 ECTS (European Credits). The Study Plan is developed throughout 15 courses that are taught from October 2017 to March 2019